Newsday Decides To Charge For Online News…
from the good-luck-with-that dept
I grew up reading Newsday, a newspaper covering some of New York City and its suburbs. In fact, when I was 11 years old, that was my first job: delivering Newsday to neighborhood homes. When various newspapers first started to go online, I tried to visit Newsday pretty often, but it put up an annoying registration wall early on, and I found plenty of other, better sources of news. The quality of reporting in Newsday already paled in comparison to many other newspapers, so it just wasn’t worth the hassle — even once it removed the registration wall. I almost never visit the website any more — though, occasionally I check the sports pages there. Last year, Cablevision bought Newsday, and today, along with announcing it was writing down a huge chunk of that purchase, said that it’s going to start charging for access to Newsday online, making it that much less likely that anyone will care enough to visit Newsday’s website. The major area news is much better covered by the other newspapers, and various “hyperlocal” websites are popping up all over the place to cover the local specifics. Deciding to charge for Newsday online is basically a death sentence for the paper.
By the way, if you want more evidence of how badly Newsday is at handling the relevant news: at the time I’m writing this, you can’t find news of this pretty big change on Newsday’s site at all. Instead, I’m relying on a Reuters report. That tells you pretty much all you need to know about Newsday’s ability to keep its website relevant. Why pay for worse news when others give you a better product for free?